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La Locanda del Prete Budget Wine Tour

WINE TASTING IN TUSCANY, ITALY

Your tours will include wine sampling tours that will introduce you to many unique wines from distinct regions, including the Chianti and Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Pitigliano. Romeo will educate you about pairing Italian wines with Italian foods through wine-tastings in exclusive wine cellars.

This wine-lovers tour will open your eyes and palates to various Tuscan wines, and you will see why Tuscany is the leading producer of super-Tuscan-Red Italian wines! Experience the deep, rich red Italian wines; smoky; enticing Pecorino cheese; gourmet, organic, cold pressed olive oils; unspoiled vineyards and centuries-old olive groves. The pure, delicious flavors of Tuscan peasant cooking; fish fresh from the unspoiled sea, vegetables hand-picked from the Tuscan soil every morning, pasta hand-made by your chef’s nonna (grandmother).

Wine tastings in ancient Italian wine cellars; the aroma of Italian breads baking in traditional stone ovens; meals enjoyed like a true Italian in authentic Tuscan trattorias (popular restaurants), shopping for groceries in an outdoor market that is hundreds of years old. These are just some of the exclusive cultural and culinary experiences you will enjoy as a welcome guest at La Locanda del Prete.

WHERE YOU WILL STAY

Arcidosso (Province of Grosseto) – On the outskirts of a small Medieval village on the slopes of Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in southern Tuscany that once was worshipped by the Etruscans. Located one hour away from the coast, 45 minutes from Siena, one and half hours from Florence, and two and a half hours north of Rome.

MEET YOUR HOSTS

La Locanda del Prete is a small Bed & Breakfast, owned and operated by the Innocenti family and located in Arcidosso, in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. This is an authentic Italian country inn, a place where locals as well as visitors, gather to eat, share a glass of wine or grappa (a digestive aperitif) and chat. Often times, the mayor of Arcidosso joins us for a plate of Panzanella (bread salad) and Pollo con Pepperoni (chicken with peppers).

Carlo-Innocenti-Master-Tuscan-Chef-186x186Carlo Innocenti, the owner, master chef, and cooking instructor, has been teaching Tuscan cooking for decades as far away as Switzerland, as well as having operated several “ristoranti” throughout Tuscany.

You will also experience quaint family run cellars for tastings and be immersed in the countryside of Southern Tuscany and also help you learn the basics of wine pairings, the “must-have knowledge” for any good host or hostess! Meals will be planned according to the days wine selections, from antipasto right up to desserts. Carlo Innocenti – and his partner Pascale are the epitome of Italian hospitality; warm, kind, generous and outgoing. They make the perfect hosts for this genuine country tour. They will truly make you feel a member of our extended “famiglia internazionale”!

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS

“La Locanda del Prete” has a magnificent view of the village of Arcidosso and its striking medieval Castle. Traditional Tuscan furnishings make this bed and breakfast quaint, cozy and quintessentially Tuscan. There are five bedrooms available at La Locanda del Prete, each with it’s own private bathroom. There is also satellite TV in every room and a shared internet point in a private room on the first floor. The first floor of La Locanda del Prete is where the trattoria restaurant is located. The bedrooms are located on the second floor.

Arcidosso was selected in the famous book: “The Most Beautiful Villages in Tuscany by James Bentley

EXCURSIONS & ITINERARY

The guide will take you to discover the famous Southern Tuscan wine towns of Montalcino (Brunello wine & great shopping for ceramics), Montepulciano (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano), the seaside Maremma region with pure San Giovese wine tasting “in purezza” (in its purest form) specifically – Morellino di Scansano, the “colli Senesi” (the hills of Siena) with classic Chianti Antinori reds and a day dedicated to the lesser-known Tuscan seaside white wine known as “Ansonica di Monte Argentario.” You will be following the “Strada del Vino” (the celebrated ‘Road of Wine’ that is recognized by the Region of Tuscany Authority & Governing Body). You will be visiting and tasting wines in the smaller family owned wine cellars of these different towns daily with one tasting late morning and the other in the afternoon. The wine map shows the different wine production geographic “zones” with the appellations of “DOC” and “DOCG”. These are areas defined by the Tuscan region as being authentic for the making of certain wine types. DOCG stands for “Di Origine Controllata Garantita” which means of controlled and guaranteed origin. In other words, the Italian government in Tuscany inspects and monitors all of the wine production awarding labels only to those who pass the test. You will experience the following wine zones: 1. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (red – Sangiovese whose dominant form is “Prugnolo Gentile”) 2. Morellino di Scansano (red – Sangiovese…almost a “low-key” Brunello, the next Super Tuscan blend) 3. Chianti (red – Sangiovese blend with Malsavia white grape) 4. Brunello di Montalcino (red – pure biggest & boldest Sangiovese) 5. Ansonica di Monte Argentario (white – made from very tasty Sicilian white grape, better than Trebbiano).

SAMPLE ITINERARY

The tours listed are not in chronological order or will be followed on a day-to-day basis. However, tours listed (at right) will be conducted throughout the week.

All La Locanda del Prete programs begin on Sunday! The itinerary below illustrates the full week (7 day- 6 night) La Locanda Wine Tour. Shorter vacation itineraries can be reviewed further.

ARRIVAL: DAY 1 (SUN) – Transfer from Grosseto to Arcidosso
We will meet you in Grosseto which is easily accessible from Rome or Florence. Upon arrival at the Grosseto train station, you will be accompanied by car or van to the village of Arcidosso and then welcomed at the La Locanda del Prete Inn. After settling in, your host and chef, Carlo will show you around and explain the week’s program! For dinner you will enjoy a Tuscan meal prepared by Carlo.

Siena (Chianti)
Heading North towards the heart of Tuscany, Chianti will be the days focus. In Siena, there will be a total of two distinct wine tastings at different locations. Starting with a warm-up tasting at a smaller unique wine cellar, you will then enjoy lunch at a local trattoria (Lunches not included in the package price). Afterwards, you will proceed for a tasting at the historic “Enoteca Nazionale” (an Italian public entity holding, in its remarkable wine cellar, over 1600 wines from all over Italy). Evening dinner at La Locanda del Prete.

Montepulciano (Nobile)
Visit the magnificent town of Montepulciano with architectural masterpieces by Rossellini, and then enjoy its wines including Nobile di Montepulciano at 2 private wine cellars (late morning and afternoon) for tastings. Lunch will be in a local trattoria (Lunches not included in the package price) and the discussion will center on “wine-pairing” (how to match these local wines with different foods). Dinner at La Locanda del Prete.

Montalcino (Rosso and Brunello)
You will visit this very special Brunello wine town. It is a stunning classic Tuscan fortress town with a striking castle. The tastings of the day (each one visiting two different wine estates) will center on the granddaddy of them all, Brunello, as well as, the “Rosso di Montalcino”. Lunch will feature a multi-course Tuscan meal at a local trattoria (Lunches not included in the package price) and dinner will be at La Locanda del Prete.

Scansano (Morellino)
You will go a tour through the region known as “La Maremma” which is known for its Etruscan culture and proximity to the stunning seaside of Southern Tuscany. In the village of Scansano, there will be a late morning wine tasting in a wine shop in town (the Enoteca dei Mille) followed by lunch at a local trattoria. During lunch (Lunches not included in the package price), wine-food pairing will be explored further. Later in the afternoon, there will be a second wine tasting at a family run winery. Dinner at La Locanda del Prete.

Mediterranean Seaside (Ansonica di Monte Argentario) or South of Tuscany (Bianco di Pitigliano)
During the Spring or Summer, you will get to experience the finest seaside villages Tuscany has to offer (Porto S. Stefano, Porto Ercole & Talamone). The seafood cuisine here is delicious to the point that no words can describe. Naturally, after yesterday’s red wine tastings, today’s accompanying seafood wines shall be white. Perhaps try a Vernaccia, Greco del Tufo or let the local expert make his on-the-spot finest recommendation. The one wine you will certainly be tasting (two tastings total) is known as “Ansonica di Monte Argentario”. Many wealthy Italians, especially the super wealthy, crave hideaways, and this is for them. Exactly 150 km north of Rome, Argentario is an Italian version of the American Martha’s Vineyard, but with better food and older money. Just three small strips of land, one of them a 7-km-long nature preserve, connect the 6,000-hectare mountain to the mainland. Spain controlled Monte Argentario in the 16th century and built an imposing series of stone fortresses and lookout towers along the Mediterranean water. Some of them have been converted into classy homes and apartments: solid dwellings for a solid crowd. If instead you are visiting during the Fall and the temperatures are a little colder and the weather is not ideal for visiting the sea-side coast, you will take a trip to the Southern Tuscany areas of Pitigliano (a striking mediaeval town with Etruscan origins) where you will be introduced to its local wine, a white – Bianco di Pitigliano (two wine tastings at different locations). Farewell dinner at La Locanda del Prete.

DEPARTURE DAYS
Transfer to Grosseto.

Full Week
– 6 nights accommodations at La Locanda del Prete, outside the small village of Arcidosso, province of Grosseto.
– All breakfasts and dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
– Small groups: 4 to 10 people.
– 10 wine tastings (2 each day) as indicated in the itinerary
– Daily guided excursions to the enchanting towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino and (home of the Vino Nobile & Brunello wines); Scansano (known for Morellino wine) and the hills of Siena (where you will visit the Chianti wine region); during the Spring & Summer, excursion to the sea-side villages of Monte Argentario (Talamone, Porto S. Stefano and Porto Ercole with tasting of Ansonica of Monte Argentario); during the Fall, to Pitagliano (with tasting of Bianco di Pitigliano).

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5 NIGHT/6 DAY
– 5 nights accommodations at La Locanda del Prete, outside the small village of Arcidosso, province of Grosseto.
– All breakfasts and dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
– Small groups: 4 to 10 people.
– 8 wine tastings (2 each day) as indicated in the itinerary
– Daily guided excursions to the enchanting towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino and (home of the Vino Nobile & Brunello wines); Scansano (known for Morellino wine) and Siena (Chianti).

4 NIGHT/5 DAY
– 4 nights accommodations at La Locanda del Prete, outside the small village of Arcidosso, province of Grosseto.
– All breakfasts and dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
– Small groups: 4 to 10 people.
– 6 wine tastings (2 each day) as indicated in the itinerary
– Daily guided excursions to the enchanting towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino and (home of the Vino Nobile & Brunello wines); Scansano (known for Morellino wine) and Siena (Chianti).

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3 NIGHT/4 DAY
– 3 nights accommodations at La Locanda del Prete, outside the small village of Arcidosso, province of Grosseto.
– All breakfasts and dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
– Small groups: 4 to 10 people.
– 4 wine tastings (2 each day) as indicated in the itinerary
– Daily guided excursions to the enchanting towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino and (home of the Vino Nobile & Brunello wines); Scansano (known for Morellino wine) and Siena (Chianti).

La Locanda del Prete Budget Wine Tours
€ - Euro / $ - Dollar
1 Wk: € 2.095,00 / $ 2,263.65 *
5 Nights: € 1.920,00 / $ 2,074.56 *
4 Nights: € 1.625,00 / $ 1,755.81 *
1/2 Wk: € 1.240,00 / $ 1,339.82 *
Cooking Course & Meal: € 250,00 / $ 270.13 *